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Kumano Sanzan is located in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula in Kumano and refers to three shrines: Hongu, Shingu and Nachi. It's registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Culture Site under ”Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.”
Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe, Wakayama
For commoners in the Edo period, the "Kumano Moude" or trip to Kumano was equal to the famed Ise Pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrine.
Kumano Kongen, who is worshiped here, saved all those who made the pilgrimage to Kumano Sanzan, regardless of sex or social status.
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